About Michael S. McBride

Michael McBride has a range and depth of commercial real estate experience that makes him a valued advisor to clients. And with his experience on the inside as general counsel for major participants in the commercial real estate finance industry (and as a former consumer of legal services), Michael brings additional knowledge — and perspective — that clients appreciate.

Client perspective. Client focus.

In addition to having served for years as external counsel to major commercial real estate participants — foreign and domestic banks, investment banks, REITs, real estate debt and equity funds, developers, sovereign wealth funds, governmental agencies, pension funds and corporate office tenants — Michael was previously general counsel in the legal group serving a leading commercial real estate credit fund manager/asset manager with several billion dollars of assets under management and, prior to that, was US general counsel of a major Germany-based commercial real estate and public finance specialist bank group, with a multibillion-dollar US commercial real estate loan origination, syndication and securitization platform and a NYSE-listed mortgage REIT. From his years on the inside, Michael understands that clients expect not only insightful legal advice from him, but also deep market knowledge, an understanding of their business (including the regulatory framework in which they operate) and a commitment to facilitating their business through transaction efficiencies and creative problem-solving for his clients and their business partners.

Michael's experience with real estate finance includes the origination, syndication, purchase, sale, servicing, enforcement and workout of commercial real estate loans across a broad spectrum of geography, asset class and loan type (construction loans, bridge loans, investment loans, subscription lines) of different position (first mortgage loans, mezzanine loans, subordinated loan tranches) and size ($10 million to over $1 billion), often involving highly structured projects (including EB-5 and Low Income Housing Tax Credits funds and IDA and 421-a tax benefits) and different disposition strategies (including syndication, securitization and pfandbrief pool inclusion). Michael has assisted clients with respect to interest rate hedging products and with "back office" matters such as warehouse funding (repos) and servicing agreements.

In addition to his core practice focus, Michael has applied experience with respect to '33 Act, '34 Act, '40 Act and Investment Adviser Act compliance in the REIT and private fund context, REIT tax compliance, bank and investment adviser regulatory reporting and state licensing requirements.

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Practice Focus

  • Real estate finance (as lender and borrower counsel)
  • Sales and acquisitions
  • Office leasing
  • Joint ventures
  • Public and infrastructure finance